Emerson Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A shady campsite at Emerson Campground

Located on the east side of the South Warner Wilderness, this campground and picnic area also serve as the staging area for the Emerson Trail into the wilderness. This free campground is fairly secluded due to the narrow, steep, rough, dirt access road. Campsites are mostly shady and set back from the parking area in the trees. There is no water at Emerson Campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/11/2021: This site is now accessible by road.
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
Fees No fee.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits for the South Warner Wilderness are not required for day hikes or overnight trips.  A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside of developed areas. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Open Season: Facilities open as weather permits; usually early July to late October.
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: August
Restrictions: Water and garbage service are not provided. Bring enough water for drinking, cooking and washing as well as extra water to drown campfires each day. Please take all trash, garbage and dog droppings with you when you leave. Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Cedarville, 19 miles.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Cedarville go south approximately 16 miles on County Road 1/Surprise Valley Rd. Turn right on County Road 40 and continue approximately 3 miles to the end and the Emerson Campground.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

This campground is fairly quiet and secluded due to the difficult road access.  There are lots of trees and shade.  The restroom is a short walk up hill.

RV Camping

The road to Emerson is not recommended for trailers or large motorhomes.

Fire Information Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided. Gathering of dead and down wood is permitted.
Pavement Type for ParkingDirt
Vehicle Clearence Watch overhead for low hanging branches.
No. of Sites 4 single sites
Size Restrictions 16 feet
Reservation Info Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
No. of Accessible sites None


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